I know I’ve already shared several things here today, but in my quiet time with the Lord another thing just really stood out to me and resonated in my spirit, so I wanted to share it with y’all. In my daily Bible reading plan, one of the chapters I’m in right now is Numbers 25 (I’ve done so many reading plans over the years and I can’t recommend this one highly enough!! This man who created it has so methodically put it together where every chapter connects just about, each day! You can find it here if you’re interested):
Anyway, what stood out to me today in this chapter is from verses 11-13. Go ahead and read the whole chapter so you can get the context (it’s short-only 18 verses). The gist of the chapter is that the Israelites “committed whoredom” and idolatry in this land and God commanded that every person who had joined themselves to Baal-Peor be killed. Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, in obedience and zeal toward God, turned away God’s wrath from Israel by killing Zimri (an Israelite) and Cobri (a Midianite daughter of a prince, who apparently had “beguiled”—hoodwinked/deceived this Israelite into idolatry of Baal-Peor). God said that because of the actions of Phinehas, “while he was zealous for My sake among them, I did not consume the children of Israel in My jealousy.” He then said, “I give to him My covenant of peace. And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.”
Wow…I’m always stricken when I read through the Gospels (also a daily part of my reading plan) and it talks about how faith moved Jesus. People were healed so many times on the grounds of their faith. Faith moves our God!! How awesome is that!? And that’s what stood out to me here. Phinehas showed great faith…great zeal…for Yahweh, for His name, for His righteousness sake, and look at how God rewarded him.
Do you think this kind of faith and zeal for Christ and God still moves Him? I do. And may our zeal for our God consume us and everything and everyone we touch!!!! We are under this same new covenant of peace and a part of this everlasting priesthood (1 Peter 2:9) if we have been called out of darkness and into His marvelous light…and nothing less than a zeal that provokes us to righteousness, a strong faith, and bold confidence in the One Who called us is acceptable. We should be just as passionate about calling people out of sin and proclaiming how we can walk in the freedom that God has so abundantly provided for us. Amen and amen, may we all go forth in this boldness, zeal, and commitment to our King.